Date/Time Event
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
SASY Neighborhood Association GENERAL MEETING
The Venue on Winnebago
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
SASY Board Meeting
Goodman Community Center
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
SASY Board Meeting
Goodman Community Center

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Welcome to the SASY Neighborhood

The Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara neighborhood (most people just say SASY) is located on the near-east side of Madison, Wisconsin. It stretches from the Yahara River on the west to the Starkweather Creek on the east, from East Washington Avenue on the north to Lake Monona on the south.

The SASY neighborhood council was formed in 1999, and then incorporated in 2017 as the SASY Neighborhood Association. SASY Inc. works with our Alder on the Madison Common Council (we’re in District 6) to represent the interests of neighborhood residents, businesses and organizations.  

What we do:

  • We encourage and facilitate participation by our constituency in local government.
  • We convene SASY residents and businesses at regular monthly meetings (2nd Thursday of each month, 6:30pm at Goodman Community Center), and occasional issue-based neighborhood meetings.
  • We solicit the perspectives of SASY residents and businesses on issues that affect the neighborhood, and convey those perspectives to decision-makers and policy-makers.
  • We maintain communication with, and between, SASY residents and businesses, city agencies, and our representatives in local, county, and state government.
  • We produce AtwoodFest to raise funding for the organization and our programs.
  • We grant money to neighborhood groups and organizations for projects that improve the quality of life on the east side of Madison.  
  • We host the Summer and Winter Solstice celebrations at Olbrich Park.
  • We identify issues that may negatively affect our shared environment, and seek solutions for those problems.

SASY has worked on a variety of projects to improve our neighborhood. A few of our efforts have included:

  • We’re a member of the Business development consistent with the neighborhood plan, including the Schenk-Atwood Business Improvement District masterplan
  • East Washington Redesign – traffic mitigation and design issues
  • East Isthmus Neighborhood Planning Council (EINPC) member
  • Friends of Starkweather Creek and other environmental initiatives
  • Improvements to Circle Park and Lake Monona shoreline
  • Review of new residential development
  • Olbrich Gardens master-planning expansion and projects
  • Development of the Garver Feed Mill property
  • Sustainability initiatives with Sustainable Atwood

To learn more about current topics of interest to the SASY neighborhood, visit our active email discussion list shown on our web site home page, or download a neighborhood brochure.



Dear SASY Neighbors,

These are difficult and extraordinary times. Like the rest of our community, the SASY Neighborhood is reeling from the effects of COVID-19 and looking ahead to what the next few weeks and months will look like for our neighborhood. It will be a time that challenges all of us individually and as a community. We are confident that we will weather this storm and emerge stronger for the experience. With that in mind, here is some information from the SASY Neighborhood Association:

SASY Neighborhood Association Meetings

All SASY Neighborhood Association Meetings are suspended. This includes all Board and Committee meetings, as well as the General Meeting scheduled for April 18. Depending on circumstances, the Board may meet via telepresence or take electronic votes as necessary. We will provide notice when meetings resume.

The SASY Neighborhood Association will not host or promote any group activities until further notice. Ironically, this position appears to contradict our mission – to empower residents to engage in their community. We must adapt and support one another as much through our lack of contact as we would normally rally to a cause.

Neighborhood Assistance

During this time, many in our community will need assistance. If you are safely able to do so, please consider calling or checking on neighbors, particularly those in vulnerable populations. If you are in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to find help. This will be a time of greater need, not less. It will only be less visible. As members of an incredible neighborhood, we encourage you to do your best in unprecedented ways.

You can find information about helping in the neighborhood in the SASY Facebook Group, including a pinned thread of local projects and resources. 

Public Health Resources

Events are occurring quickly. To stay up to date, please keep an eye on:

Dane County and Madison Public Health

Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services

Be safe and kind to one another,

The SASY Neighborhood Association


AtwoodFest is an annual neighborhood music festival held on the last weekend in July on Atwood Avenue.  AtwoodFest is produced by SASY Neighborhood Association, in partnership with the Barrymore Theatre and the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center.

There are always plenty of volunteer opportunities available! Join a committee or run for a seat on our board of directors, volunteer at AtwoodFest or a Solstice celebration. Start here

SASY has several standing committees that  address a variety of issues and programs, including preservation and devleopment, traffic, environmental and special events. See more here.